Particular aspects of research and practice of Rongoā Māori have created discussion and in some instances, dissension among Māori communities. Research frameworks such as Kaupapa Māori theory (Pihama, 2010) have been developed for Māori communities, but these do not specifically address the many layers and complexities of research on Rongoā Māori.
The original research pilot for this project arose out of a desire to make the transition for many whānau relocating from their city/urban lives back home, as comfortable as possible. It was felt that this could be best achieved by facilitating access to innovative solutions for essential infrastructure technologies, which would enhance the quality of life (and death) experienced by our whānau. To this end the project identified needs related to water capture and storage, energy generation and waste management.